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Eaglescliffe Ward News

July 6, 2007 9:55 AM

Various news items in Eaglescliffe Ward

1. Preston Park

a. Plans to restore Preston Park and Hall to its former Victorian glory are being drawn up. A draft development plan, including replanting the historic landscape of the park, creating better paths and signs to help visitors find their way around everything the park has to offer, an extended play area and improving the displays within the Hall, has been drawn up and now visitors to the park are being asked to give their views on what they would like to see. This month Stockton Council's magazine, Stockton News, will carry a centre-page pull-out asking visitors what they would like to see improved within Preston Park and Hall. The questionnaire can also be completed online at www.stockton.gov.uk http://www.stockton.gov.uk. There will be a public meeting on Thursday July 19 at 7pm at Preston Hall Museum where the proposals will be explained and where you can leave your feedback on the plans. Stockton Council hopes to attract Lottery funding and needs to show public interest and support. All views on the future development of Preston Park and Hall, including the questionnaire to be found in Stockton News, should be returned to Stockton Council by July 31 and should be sent free of charge to: FREEPOST NEWTOWN.

b. Nursery and reception class groups visiting the museum will soon be able to enjoy the tales of Thread Bear as he explains life in Victorian times. Written by Leaning Outreach and Access Worker Marian Jones and illustrated and edited by local artist Liz Million, the first Thread Bear tale centres on his search to get his clothes cleaned. The story encourages the children to compare their own life with Victorian Times. Marian has created a 'story sack' which includes a Thread Bear, pegs, carbolic soap, flat iron, a mop cap and a poss stick (a metal "plunger" used to work soapy water into a cleansing lather). As the story is told the children can hold and try out the items that Thread Bear is struggling to use. The Thread Bear story sack has been funded by the North East Museums Hub.

c. Fourth Annual Preston Park Camping Exhibition and Sale will run throughout the summer until August Bank Holiday Weekend offering advice and sales, run by Vic Piercy from the Wirral.

d. The history of Egglescliffe, Yarm and Eaglescliffe will be the focus of a guided cycle ride, led by experienced marshals. Organised by Stockton Council's Road Safety Team, the eight-mile 'Crown and Parliament' ride takes place on Sunday, 15 July, starting at 9am from the car park at Preston Park. The Ride is suitable for cyclists of most abilities, though there are some hills to challenge the legs! Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult. The more adventurous riders can take a longer route, taking in the villages to the south of the Borough. For more details call the Road Safety Team on (01642) 526735.

2. Quarry Road

From Monday 2nd July, Witham House transferred to the ownership and management of Erimus Housing. They are producing a newsletter/information sheet for tenants giving contact names and numbers and information on rent payment etc. Some services will continue to be provided by Stockton Borough Council on a contract basis to Erimus Housing, i.e. Care Call 24 hours alarm service, cleaning services, grounds maintenance and the security service for the scheme, which is now empty awaiting demolition.

3. Egglescliffe School

Stockton Council planners have given permission with conditions for the erection of 1 mobile classroom.

4. Cleasby Way

More than 200 children will take part in the fun activities at the Oakwood Centre as part of the Healthy School Initiative on Friday, July 6 from 11.30am - 4pm. Pupils from 40 schools will take part in several dance and music events including salsa dancing, street dancing and Taiko Drumming, the physical form of Japanese drumming combining rhythms and choreographed movement. There will also be fun craft sessions with young people working with Stockton International Riverside Festival artists to design headdresses for the festival as well as exploring the fire engines of Cleveland Fire Brigade's White Watch. Staff can also get involved with free lifestyle checks from the healthy lifestyle team and Tai Chi taster sessions. The event, organised by the Stockton Healthy School Programme in partnership with Stockton Council, the Anti Bullying Alliance, SIRF, Cleveland Fire Brigade, Tees Valley Music Service and Tees Active, brings schools together to showcase their innovative ideas to promote healthy lifestyles and fun fitness activities.

5. Durham Lane

Stockton Council planners have approved with conditions the demolition of 2 existing dwellinghouses at Low Crook Farm and the erection of a 5-bedroom dwellinghouse incorporating a 1-bedroom granny flat and 2-bedroom guest house above a 3-bay garage & new means of access.

6. Butterfield Drive

Officers' Traffic Group for Stockton Borough 31-5-07 - Complaints received regarding parking on bend on an evening. Stockton Police to notify CPT to investigate and report findings back to next meeting.

7. The Avenue

Stockton Council has received a planning application for Copsewood Mews for conversion of existing outbuilding into 2 dwelling units & alterations to remainder of outbuilding to provide residential annexe to main house. Comments by 23-7-07.

Cllr John Fletcher

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